Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money (Paperback)

And Other Tales of Love and Money

By Rebecca Curtis

Harper Perennial, 9780061173097, 238pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2007



In this dazzling literary debut, Rebecca Curtis displays the gifts that make her one of the most talented writers of her generation. Her characters--young women struggling to find happiness, love, success, security, and adventure--wait tables, run away from home, fall for married men, betray their friends, and find themselves betrayed as well.

In "Hungry Self," a young waitress descends into the basement of a seemingly ordinary Chinese restaurant; in "Twenty Grand," a young wife tries to recover her lost fortune; in "Monsters," one family's paranoia leads to a sacrifice; and in "The Witches," an innocent swim on prom night proves more dangerous than anyone could have imagined. With elegant prose and a wicked sense of humor, these stories reveal Curtis's provocative and uncompromising view of life, one that makes her writing so poignant and irresistible.

Praise For Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money

“A book as delightful as it is disturbing.”
-Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan

“Rebecca Curtis is one of the most exciting practitioners of this most difficult form in America today.”
-George Saunders

“Marvelous. . . . Delving into extremes of monotonous oppression, Curtis describes a reality that must be endured.”
-Publishers Weekly

“An instant classic. . . . Rebecca Curtis is a hugely talented writer.”
-The Village Voice

“Gorgeous. . . . Vivid imagery suffused with longing: The stories in Rebecca Curtis’ Twenty Grand are satisfingly bittersweet.”
-The Los Angeles Times